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St Emilion and the Vineyards of Bordeaux

Latin Quarter...Uniquely Paris
For those who appreciate the wines of Bordeaux or would like to learn to appreciate them more, this program combines visits to some of the great Bordeaux areas including St. Emilion, Graves. Medoc and Margaux combined with the scenery of the Dordogne. A culinary walking tour through Paris’ Latin Quarter, a private tour of Bordeaux and a cooking class in a vineyard add to the appeal. This program cries out for the sharing of good food and wine with a select group of fellow travelers chosen for their conversation, sense of curiosity and, most of all an appreciation of wine. After all, if you are having a private tasting at Chateau Pichon-Longueville and Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte you want the company to match the wine
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Traveler's Overview10 Days $7,979 per person inclusive of superior rooms in deluxe hotels, most meals, wine with all included meals, private vineyard visits and tastings with a wine expert, cooking class, 1st Class Rail, private guides throughout and touring and transfer by private car and driver. International airfare is additional. Private departures based on your schedule for a minimum of four and a maximum of six guests. Rates for private departures based on two persons on request.
Trip Dossier

Personal Highlights:

• A culinary walking tour through Paris’ Latin Quarter
• A 1st Class TGV ride to Bordeaux followed by a private tour of the city’s highlights
• Tasting the fine wines of St. Emilion
• A cooking class at your hotel located in a prestigious vineyard
• Visiting and tasting the wines of Graves, Medoc and Margaux
• A private tour of Chateau Smith Haut-Lafitte

Day 1 Depart USA

You board your overnight flight to Paris, the gateway for your exploration of St. Emilion and the Bordeaux wine region.


Day 2 Welcome to Paris

After going through arrival formalities you will be met by your Ultitude guide who will escort you to your waiting vehicle. As you drive into the city the guide will bring you up to date on latest happenings in the city and lay out some of the suggested plans for your stay in Paris and in France. An orientation tour will help acquaint or re-acquaint you with the iconic sights of the city including the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees and Notre Dame which you will visit tomorrow. To help with the jet lag we have arranged for you to get a rejuvenating massage prior to arriving at your hotel. The rest of the afternoon is left open. We recommend that you stay up to help with your adjustment to the time zone and a walk around St. Germain de Pres might be just the thing. Enjoy an early dinner this evening to prepare you for the adventures ahead.


Day 3 Notre Dame and the Food Markets of Paris

Since your hotel is located near the Latin Quarter of Paris, much of your touring this morning will be on foot. Depending on the day of the week you will explore various flower and food markets that are so integral to the life of Paris especially the Latin Quarter which is home to Le Sorbonne, France's most prestigious university. You will then have a detailed your of Notre Dame Cathedral both its exterior and interior as your guide relates the history of the cathedral with events happening in France at the time. You will end your eclectic morning at La Grande Epicerie de Paris which is Paris' equivalent of Harrods Food Hall but with a Gallic emphasis. All areas of France are represented from fresh fish to cheese to pate and wine. It is not cheap but since you are just starting your trip large food purchases would be impractical. After your "Anthony Bourdain" moment you will have lunch and then the rest of the day is left open for you to explore Paris at your own pace.

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Day 4 A Fast Train to, and a Relaxed Tour of, Bordeaux

After a leisurely breakfast, you step outside your hotel where your driver is ready to take you to the station where you will catch a TGV train bound for Bordeaux. Although the train will travel at high speed you will not notice it, just the countryside passing by. We have reserved first class seats so you will be served lunch at your seat along with wine. In a little over three hours you arrive in Bordeaux where your Guide is waiting to take you on a combination driving and walking tour of Bordeaux. Although this is a port city connected to the Atlantic, it has a Mediterranean feel to it. You will see the Grand Theatre, the Maison du Vin (which represents the wine industry) and a large fountain honoring two of Bordeaux's famous sons Montaigne and Montesquieu. After your tour you head for your hotel which is a 19th century Chateau surrounded by the world-famous vineyards of Saint-Emilion. After freshening up you enjoy dinner either inside or on the terrace

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Day 5 Pauillac and the Treasures of Le Comtesse de Lalande

After breakfast you meet up with your guide and head to the renowned wine area of Pauillac. On the way you will pass though Chateau Lafitte and Chateau Rothschild before arriving at the esteemed vineyard of Chateau Pichon-Longueville where you have a private tour of the vineyard and a taste of some of the vintages. You then visit the Orangerie of the Chateau where Le Comtesse de Lalande has amassed a collection of antique glassware some of which are over 3,000 years old. From the terrace you have a spectacular view over the vineyards in Pauillac and neighboring Saint Julien and all the way to the Gironde Estuary. After your visit you head to the Atlantic coast where you board a boat for a tour along the coast past the sand dunes of Arcachon before arriving at the harbor where you have the chance have lunch with Oysters, fresh from the nearby beds, a specialty

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Day 6 Wine Tasting in the Village of St. Emilion

After breakfast you will head to the 12th Century village of St. Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Depending on how you feel you may walk to the village since it is less than two miles or you will be driven.  You will  then  go to the Wine School of St. Emilion where you have the opportunity to learn about the techniques used in evaluating the various growths in the area around St. Emilion and Bordeaux in general. After the lesson you have lunch and the chance to walk through the quaint streets and visit the Saint-Emilion church carved from a limestone rock face. You then return to the Chateau.

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Day 7 Driving to Graves and a Cooking Class

In the morning you leave the St. emilion area and head to the Graves area and your new hotel located within a prestigious vineyard. Upon arrival you check in and then participate in a cooking class with a master chef and enjoy the result as lunch. In the afternoon you can relax or try the properties unique Spa which uses wine-based treatments in its offerings

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Day 8 The Wines of Medoc and Graves

The Medoc and Graves regions include ten AOCs, including reds to the north in Medoc and both reds and whites in the south in Graves. The reds, which are made primarily from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, are well structured, full and rich with significant aging potential. The whites, which may be dry or medium sweet, are blends of Sauvignon and Saint Emilion. You will visit several vineyards in each area with lunch in between before returning to your hotel

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Day 9 Pomerol and the Wines of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte

In the morning you take a trip to the Pomerol region which does not have an appellation like Saint Emilion but still produces outstanding wines like Chateau Le Pin and most notable Chateau Petrus. You will visit several vineyards in both Pomerol and Lalande de Pomerol before returning to the hotel for lunch. In the afternoon you literally walk next door to the esteemed vineyards of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte. The Bosq family started growing grapes in 1365 but in the 18th Century a Scotsman named George Smith purchased the estate and added his name. He also built the manor house and exported his wine to England in his own ships. You will get a private tour of the estate and taste their vintages. In the evening enjoy dinner in the hotel's gourmet restaurant accompanied by Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte

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Day 10 Return to USA

In the morning, your driver is waiting to take you to the airport where you begin your journey back to the USA arriving back the same afternoonB
Days 2 - 3

Hotel Pont Royal
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Since 1923 the Pont Royal Hotels has combined charm and elegance. It is located in the heart of the left bank of Paris in the famous Saint-Germain-des-Pres. About ten minutes walk from the Musee d’Orsay and the Louvre museum you find the café de Flore made famous by Albert Camus and Simone de Beauvoir and the legendary jazz clubs. A hub for French and international artists, Pont Royal has welcomed Camus and Boris Vian as well as painters like Miro, Chagall and Buffet. The hotel has 65 rooms and 10 suites. The restaurant of the Pont Royal was developed by the famous chef Joel Robuchon. You will enjoy refined cuisine in an original and modern setting. You can watch the preparation of your dishes and even create your own menu that allows you to taste different dishes in small portions.
Days 4 - 6
Saint Emilion

Grand Barrail Chateau Hotel & Spa
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An imposing turn-of-the-century chateau that stands out against the skyline with its fairy-tale turrets and spires, Grand Barrail Château Hotel & Spa is set in secluded and tranquil grounds in the midst of the vineyards of Saint-Emilion. Expect delectable cuisine, spacious rooms in the main building and in annexes, together with a pampering spa. The hotel’s 41 rooms and five suites are decorated in neutral or pale shades with abundant use of designer fabrics, creating a stylish and warm feel. Look out of the windows onto delightful gardens with manicured lawns, a large pond and a pool, all of which are surrounded by terrace upon terrace of bushy green vines that extend for miles around. The Château’s most majestic rooms are reserved for the restaurant that has three separate dining areas. Choose between the Baroque magnificence of Salon Mauresque with its stained-glass windows, red marble pillars, gilding and oriental-style paintings; the more intimate Salle Ronde with its elegant chandeliers or the terrace overlooking the gardens.
Days 7 - 9

Les Sources De Caudalie
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An extraordinary collection of contemporary buildings, created from recycled local materials specifically designed to blend in with the estate of Château Smith Haut Lafitte, Les Sources de Caudalie is surrounded by its own vineyards and lake-filled gardens. Expect a wide choice of accommodation, a panoramic cigar bar, a choice of restaurants and a spa offering grape-based therapies. There is a phenomenal feeling of peace and tranquility the minute you arrive at Les Sources de Caudalie. The rooms and suites are styled to reflect the Aquitaine region in colour, paintings and antiques. For nature lovers, the L’ile aux Oiseaux Suite is nestled in the heart of the vineyards and has an unexpected avant-garde interior design. Try the signature spa treatment in the Sources de Caudalie Vinothérapie spa. Then, savor the haute cuisine in La Grand Vigne restaurant and sit out on the summer terrace, or dine at the more rustic, La Table du Lavoir. Round off the evening with a digestif and listen to the night chorus from the toads around the lakes.